What is an EPC and how can you use it to improve your home’s energy efficiency?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document that outlines the energy performance rating of your property and offers recommendations for ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home, which can help you save money on your energy bills.

Read a guide on EPCs from Arktek, a North East team of Gas Safe engineers who help homeowners and landlords with home energy improvements:

What is an EPC?

An Energy Performance Certificate gives your property a rating between ‘A’ – very efficient – and ‘G’ – inefficient, as well as an energy score between 1-92+.

The certificate states how energy efficient certain features of your property are by describing them as ‘very good’ to ‘very poor’. Featured on an EPC are property characteristics such as the types of walls (if they are insulated), windows (if they are double glazed), lighting (if this is energy efficient), flooring (if this is insulated) and more.

The EPC also provides an insight into the property’s potential energy rating, with recommendations for home improvements that could improve your rating and reduce your energy bills.

How can I find my EPC?

All domestic buildings in the UK available to buy or rent must have a valid EPC. The average energy rating for properties in England is D, with an average energy score of 60.     

You can find out what your EPC rating is using the government’s online registry.

My address isn’t showing on the EPC register – is this common?

If your property has not had an EPC assessment, then your address will not show on the register.
This is common when the property was purchased before EPCs became a requirement for selling or renting domestic properties.

If you do not have an EPC and would be interested in having an assessment carried out, please contact Arktek on 0191 516 6911 to arrange an appointment.

My EPC rating is low – what are the best options for improving my home’s energy rating?

When reviewing your EPC, you will find a list of recommendations for improving your energy rating and reducing your energy bills under the heading ‘Improve this property’s energy performance’. Recommendations are property-specific and range from installing different types of insulation such as cavity wall insulation, underfloor insulation, or loft insulation to installing a new energy saving boiler or energy efficient lights.

The EPC will outline typical installation costs and estimated yearly savings, as well as the potential energy rating you could achieve if the recommendations are completed.

Arktek can help improve your EPC rating; we can advise you on the most cost-effective and impactful changes required to reduce your energy bills. We are a property services company who specialise in providing energy-saving measures for your home and can also assist with the process of receiving government funding and ECO4 grants for those who are eligible.

How we can help:

  • We can advise on your eligibility for the ECO4 scheme
  • We can help you complete and process your application for funding
  • We can conduct a free, no-obligation survey to determine the best possible energy saving measures for your home
  • We can install energy-efficiency measures to help heat your home and provide relevant certificates

Simply get in touch with our team of Gas Safe engineers who can advise on the best energy saving measures for your home as well as your eligibility for funding.

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